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Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc2017

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White peach aromas and chalky minerality. Delicate, textural and rich. Dry, elegant and with a long finish

Why we love it: 

It defies usual Sauvignon Blanc standards

Drink with: 

Pan fried Snapper

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Tech

Sub-Region
Marlborough
Vintage
2016
Blend Info.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol by Vol.
13.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Drink now
Serving Temp.
7 - 12°C
Closure
Cork

Producer

Clos Henri

‘Clos Henri’ (pronounced Klo-On-Ree) is a Marlborough based wine estate that has been diligently established and run by the famous Sancerre wine-growing family of Henri Bourgeois. Located in the Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the definition of “family owned” now boasting its 10th generation of winegrowing knowledge.

Henri Bourgeois (8th Generation) was a pioneer in winegrowing in Sancerre and was always ahead of his time. His sons Rémi and Jean-Marie wanted to explore borders outside of France. This sparked what they call “The Great Search” which finally lead them to Marlborough to establish the Clos Henri vineyard - be known this search took 12 years! In the year 2000, the family fell in love with New Zealand, the wines and the land. They believed New Zealand would be the most suitable place to carry on the Bourgeois philosophy. Unsurprisingly, they found the youth and vibrancy of New Zealand one to be reckoned with.

Clos Henri crafts wines that a textural, elegant and truly capture the expressive and unique Marlborough style. The family uses the best French New World wine techniques to capture the essence and character of site. In particular their Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc.  

To explore more of Clos Henris wines you can head over to their website here.

Region

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal rang far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere. Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made the switch to viticulture and the industry blossomed.

Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours, coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period, greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.

Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka, Fairhall, Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys - Marlborough's original sites. The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in the regions ability to produce such a diverse range of wines.

Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland and benefit from the Wairau River running through, decreasing the need and frequency of irrigation. With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, the rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.

Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough's most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield, meaning the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted. The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir, while the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.

As New Zealand’s largest wine region, housing around 77% of the countries vines and producing over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.